Human trafficking is the trade in humans, most commonly for the purpose of sexual slavery, but also for forced labor or organ harvesting. Victims may be kidnapped, coerced, sold by their parents, or lured by false promises, to be held against their wills and exploited.
Most victims are young girls—usually between 12 and 14—kidnapped and sold to work as sex slaves in a $30-billion underground industry that hides in the dark corners of more than 160 nations. It is possible that girls from your hometown have been victimized. Girls are controlled through emotional and physical abuse, drugs, and pressure to provide financially for siblings and parents in poverty-stricken villages.